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ztilzer31
05-01-2012, 05:08 PM
Okay so I wanted to bring this up a couple of months ago, because there was an interview I saw where Kobe made it very clear he planned to leave the NBA at the top of his game. He also made it seem like people would be surprised when he did retire. Kobe is still a spectacular player, but he's reaching the end of his career. He no longer has Phil Jackson, and it would just make sense to me.

spreadeagle
05-01-2012, 05:10 PM
are you crazy, no way hes got at least 2-3 more years after this

ztilzer31
05-01-2012, 05:12 PM
By end of his career I meant end of his prime.

KB-Pau-DH2012
05-01-2012, 05:12 PM
He has 2 yrs left on his contract.

He makes 27.8 M next season, and close to 30 million in 2013-2014. He's not going to leave all that money on the table.


And if the Lakers win the title this yr, then no, he's going to keep on playing for more championships. He wants a 6th and 7th championship before he retires.

Plus, he's currently 5th on the all-time scoring list. He wants to hit 30K, then surpass Wilt, and then surpass MJ to be #3 behind KAJ and the Mailman.

There's still more he wants to accomplish before he hangs em up.

MintBerryCrunch
05-01-2012, 05:21 PM
Kobe's self-motivation to be the best alone could keep Him In the NBA for 3 more years.

ThunderousDemon
05-01-2012, 05:27 PM
2-3 more years

GoPacers33
05-01-2012, 05:36 PM
Have a time traveled to 2016 or something

ManningToTyree
05-01-2012, 05:45 PM
3 more years at least. He is too competitive just too walk away like that. Plus he has an assload of money still on his contract.

naps
05-01-2012, 05:46 PM
Not until he's 40.

ztilzer31
05-01-2012, 06:05 PM
Not until he's 40.

I doubt that. Kobe's great, but he's not invincible. He's made it very clear, he wants to retire at the top of his game. He's already lost a couple inches to his vertical it seems like, but it really hasn't effected his game too much. Once he cant get vertical enough to effectively use his post game (mostly his fade away jumper) I think he'll have to retire. Either that or change his role, and I don't see that happening.

I know Jordan retired at 36 and everyone thinks Kobe will do the same, but Kobe has a lot more NBA miles on him.

PurpleJesus
05-01-2012, 06:19 PM
Kobe may want to retire on top of his game, but I think he has too much confidence in himself to realize when his game is falling.

theheatles
05-01-2012, 06:24 PM
Kobe thinks ppl will be surprised because in his mind he's going to be playing until he's #1 on the all time scoring list, hooping it up at age 45

2-ONE-5
05-01-2012, 06:25 PM
how would it make sense for Kobe to retire? He is a competitor and a hall of famer and like most of those kind of players he is gonna play as long as he can

clydebino
05-01-2012, 06:25 PM
Does a bear **** in the toliet?? I think not..

macc
05-01-2012, 06:26 PM
It's sad that 75% of the threads on this site are pointless. There is a 100% chance Kobe retires after this year. The idea that it's even a question in somones mind makes me sad that people lack common sense when it comes to sports and it's stars.

DaLakerz Rulz
05-01-2012, 06:28 PM
The dude still has a few more years of elite play left. He is not even close to being done. Not to mention he makes about $60 million dollars over the next 2 years. He just lost half of his wealth from his divorce. No way he leaves that all behind.

xbrackattackx
05-01-2012, 06:28 PM
Does a bear **** in the toliet?? I think not..

Great analogy. Hhhaaa:) I lol'd.

DodgerBulls
05-01-2012, 06:31 PM
His contract alone will keep him playing,.

DaLakerz Rulz
05-01-2012, 06:33 PM
I doubt that. Kobe's great, but he's not invincible. He's made it very clear, he wants to retire at the top of his game. He's already lost a couple inches to his vertical it seems like, but it really hasn't effected his game too much. Once he cant get vertical enough to effectively use his post game (mostly his fade away jumper) I think he'll have to retire. Either that or change his role, and I don't see that happening.

I know Jordan retired at 36 and everyone thinks Kobe will do the same, but Kobe has a lot more NBA miles on him.

He is constantly adapting his game. He doesn't need much vertical at all on his shot...have you seen him start using the Nowitzki one-leg fadeaway a lot more? It requires almost no lift. He has definitely slowed down, but I don't see his game declining much more in the near future. Still 3-4 years left IMO. His longevity is almost unparalleled.

RaiderLakersA's
05-01-2012, 06:35 PM
Kobe is going to play for a long time. Whether he'll be a Laker or not when he finally decides to hang up his sneakers is the only real mystery here.

championships
05-01-2012, 06:44 PM
I seriously doubt he does.

ne3xchamps
05-01-2012, 06:44 PM
He's too arrogant and pigheaded to retire. He won't stop until he at least ties jordan w/ 6 rings, or his whole body just gives up.

blastmasta26
05-01-2012, 06:50 PM
It's sad that 75% of the threads on this site are pointless. There is a 100% chance Kobe retires after this year. The idea that it's even a question in somones mind makes me sad that people lack common sense when it comes to sports and it's stars.

Not sure if typo, sarcasm, or pointing out the technicality that "after this year" is an indefinite period of time and no matter when Kobe retires, it will fall into that time period.


Kobe may want to retire on top of his game, but I think he has too much confidence in himself to realize when his game is falling.

This sums it up.

tyfreaks brotha
05-01-2012, 06:55 PM
It's sad that 75% of the threads on this site are pointless. There is a 100% chance Kobe retires after this year. The idea that it's even a question in somones mind makes me sad that people lack common sense when it comes to sports and it's stars.

I'm a Kings fan but I have serious doubts that the ****er will retire :D

smith&wesson
05-01-2012, 07:06 PM
Hey plays atleats 2-3 more years.

ztilzer31
05-01-2012, 07:07 PM
Kobe will always make tons of money. After he retires, he'll still pull in millions a year. I agree with some of the points, but money is not one of them.

If you don't like the thread I'm sorry, but I just had the feeling, listening to the interview. Peyton Manning just signed a 5 year deal and I don't expect him to play all 5 years.

JasonJohnHorn
05-01-2012, 07:13 PM
He has at least three more seasons before this is even a conversation worth having. I've heard a lot of players say they want to leave while they are on top of their game, and when they get to the twilight of their careers, they just think differently. Next season Kobe is going to have to start giving some of his shots up to Bynum. Once he sees that he can be an effective 20-25 point scorer and still win, he'll want to stay. He's chasing history right now. He's played his entire careeer in Jordan's shadow and there is no doubt in my mind that he won't retire until he's won more rings and scored more points than MJ. It's just not going to happen.

I see Kobe playing until he's 40.

DaLakerz Rulz
05-01-2012, 07:15 PM
Kobe will always make tons of money. After he retires, he'll still pull in millions a year. I agree with some of the points, but money is not one of them.

If you don't like the thread I'm sorry, but I just had the feeling, listening to the interview. Peyton Manning just signed a 5 year deal and I don't expect him to play all 5 years.

Money isn't the primary issue at all. But it's hard to believe that he would walk away from $60 million. His contract has to be on his mind at least a little bit.

The Final Boss
05-01-2012, 07:27 PM
Have a time traveled to 2016 or something

What?:confused:

MTL_123
05-01-2012, 07:37 PM
are u crazy 30mill left on the table his ex wife wont let him retire.........jk


but ya he still has a good 2-3 year left

richiesaurus310
05-01-2012, 07:43 PM
No I think he wants 7 championships or at least 6, plus there's too much money on his contract too just walk away, especially if his divorce went through. My question is would the lakers amnesty him to avoid paying him $30 million in 2 years, and what would he do if he were a free agent and phil was coaching the knicks or bulls...

NoahH
05-01-2012, 08:23 PM
There's no way he retires at the end of this year. He's still averaging 28ppg and doesn't look his age. McGrady is the same age as Kobe (actually McGrady is a year younger) so think about that. He'll play at least another 2 or 3 years

felixng2012
05-01-2012, 08:34 PM
Why would he retire? Still playing at a very high level....

lakersfan01
05-01-2012, 08:41 PM
Has Kobe passed. Michael Jordan. on the all time career scoring list? No, so he will continue to play until he does so.

lakersfan01
05-01-2012, 08:47 PM
Why would he retire? Still playing at a very high level....

:laugh2:

43.0% fgs, 30% 3pointers, and 23 FG attempts per game and still couldn't win the scoring title. ESPN and Kobe apologists paint him as one of the best players currently in the NBA, when he's just washed up but just as selfish as he ever was. Kobe = Melo except Kobe has 5 rings, all on the back of the best big man in the NBA at the time. Maybe Kobe can collect #6 on the best big man currently in the NBA, Andrew Bynum.

It'sMyTime
05-01-2012, 09:13 PM
Kobe will play 3-4 more years unless an ijury holds him back

Baller1
05-01-2012, 09:20 PM
Hopefully not. The Lakers will be worse off with him chucking shots over the next couple of seasons until he decides to retire. So keep play Kobe, you'll keep the Lakers from winning anything in the future.

Bruno
05-01-2012, 09:45 PM
if LAL wins the championship, I would not be at all shocked if he retired.

He's in his 16th season, and it would be the perfect capper to his storied legacy. it'd be epic if LAL tops the favored Thunder this season because Bryant will have been part of teams that kept stars as old as reggie miller/scottie pippen (1965), and as young as Durant/Harden/Westbook (1988-1989) from advancing to the championship. Pretty cool that his game has gone up against and topped players who are 25 years apart in age, several generations. Players in born in four different decades would have had to deal with bryants game in the playoffs when its all said and done.

Bruno
05-01-2012, 09:46 PM
but i don't think he will. i just wouldn't be shocked or surprised.

Gram
05-01-2012, 09:48 PM
No.

blastmasta26
05-01-2012, 09:54 PM
if LAL wins the championship, I would not be at all shocked if he retired.

He's in his 16th season, and it would be the perfect capper to his storied legacy. it'd be epic if LAL tops the favored Thunder this season because Bryant will have been part of teams that kept stars as old as reggie miller/scottie pippen (1965), and as young as Durant/Harden/Westbook (1988-1989) from advancing to the championship. Pretty cool that his game has gone up against and topped players who are 25 years apart in age, several generations. Players in born in four different decades would have had to deal with bryants game in the playoffs when its all said and done.
Crazy if you think about it. Bryant's longevity has been impressive to say the least.

kalveinarthur
05-01-2012, 10:59 PM
LALl still needs the appearance of Kobe, he is the inspiration, and standing as a playing coach at the side of Mike. ufo sightings (http://www.latest-ufo-sightings.net/2012/04/ufo-or-orb-over-rome-italy-28-apr-2012.html)

felixng2012
05-01-2012, 11:04 PM
:laugh2:

43.0% fgs, 30% 3pointers, and 23 FG attempts per game and still couldn't win the scoring title. ESPN and Kobe apologists paint him as one of the best players currently in the NBA, when he's just washed up but just as selfish as he ever was. Kobe = Melo except Kobe has 5 rings, all on the back of the best big man in the NBA at the time. Maybe Kobe can collect #6 on the best big man currently in the NBA, Andrew Bynum.

Lol some Laker fan you are.... He is still playing at a high level nowhere near his peak but he is 33 and has played in the NBA for nearly half his life....

clydebino
05-03-2012, 06:23 PM
Great analogy. Hhhaaa:) I lol'd.

lol thanks

-Kobe24-TJ19-
05-03-2012, 06:42 PM
jesus christ, the NBA forum thread are getting worse every minute

-Kobe24-TJ19-
05-03-2012, 06:43 PM
Wait a minute...who the **** bumpd this?

Iron24th
05-03-2012, 06:46 PM
3 more years at least,28pts/5rbs/5asts per game,he's still elite.

Wade>You
05-03-2012, 06:47 PM
57million reasons why Kobe doesn't retire until his contract expires. And maybe not even then, if he's still capable of playing at a level in which he's satisfied with.

akagiredsuns
05-03-2012, 07:20 PM
I agree with macc. A lot of the threads on this site are pointless. I already saw earlier a thread of people crying about how LeBron James was "robbed" of the DPOY. :laugh2: Chandler clearly earned it as he was a big factor in this Knicks team this year. So please enough of LBJ. It isn't enough that people find excuses as to why he doesn't have an NBA title after 9 seasons, now they want to cry about petty awards. LeBron is fast becoming the Kanye West of the NBA. :laugh:

kblo247
05-03-2012, 07:57 PM
:laugh2:

43.0% fgs, 30% 3pointers, and 23 FG attempts per game and still couldn't win the scoring title. ESPN and Kobe apologists paint him as one of the best players currently in the NBA, when he's just washed up but just as selfish as he ever was. Kobe = Melo except Kobe has 5 rings, all on the back of the best big man in the NBA at the time. Maybe Kobe can collect #6 on the best big man currently in the NBA, Andrew Bynum.Idiocy overlooked

Kobe gave p the scoring title twice. He could have sat out the rest of the year and kept it over helping is team clinch the 3 seed late. He could have played vs Sacramento and got it easily even though Durant had gunned for it hard to end the year.

The numbers also clearly show Bynum and Pau are inefficient without Kobe and the teams defense and rebounding is worse without him

kblo247
05-03-2012, 07:59 PM
Nah he won't retire as he pretty much was clear in his interview to Woj, last year it hurt to walk, cut, and he couldn't even practice or do anything without a brace and said it drive him crazy nit to be able to give Phil his all. This year he is healthy, playing without a brace, hasn't missed a practice, and feels great.

Lim
05-03-2012, 08:30 PM
this is kobe were talking about. guy wont quit until hes #1 on the scoring list or until he cant walk anymore. whatever comes first

LeMarcus
05-03-2012, 10:05 PM
I agree with macc. A lot of the threads on this site are pointless. I already saw earlier a thread of people crying about how LeBron James was "robbed" of the DPOY. :laugh2: Chandler clearly earned it as he was a big factor in this Knicks team this year. So please enough of LBJ. It isn't enough that people find excuses as to why he doesn't have an NBA title after 9 seasons, now they want to cry about petty awards. LeBron is fast becoming the Kanye West of the NBA. :laugh:

Lol the thread title is about Kobe and you bring up a thread that nowhere bares any relation to this current thread.

U mad?

Giraffes Rule
05-03-2012, 10:28 PM
I don't think Kobe is self aware enough to recognize when he's no longer at the top of his game.

knicks4life33
05-03-2012, 10:30 PM
no way. kobe is still a top ten player in the league and was 2nd in the league in scoring and can still ball. Do not count him out at all.

Hawkeye15
05-03-2012, 10:37 PM
he wants that scoring record. No way.

eibbor
05-03-2012, 10:54 PM
lmfao HELL no. Stupid question

SACNYY
05-03-2012, 10:55 PM
No way

Bruno
05-03-2012, 11:02 PM
he wants that scoring record. No way.

you're probably right. he's only 638 points behind Jordan for most post-season points in league history. i think he'll retire the leader, only to be surpassed by Durant a decade from now (688 points and counting).

http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/pts_career_p.html

49erGiantLaker
05-03-2012, 11:03 PM
No. Thread.